Congresswoman Harris was wined and dined–but mostly wined–by convicted defense contractor Mitchell Wade (aka Duke Cunningham’s sugar daddy) to the tune of $2,800. How do you rack up a $2,800 restaurant tab, you ask? By downing a couple bottles of Wade’s favorite $1,000 Bordeaux.
Here’s how the Harris campaign responded to this story, per the Orlando Sentinel:
In her interview Wednesday, Harris acknowledged for the first time that Wade had paid for the dinner at Citronelle, reversing a statement from her congressional spokeswoman earlier this year.
But in the interview, Harris also said her campaign had, at some point, “reimbursed” the restaurant.
When asked how she could have reimbursed a business that was owed no money — Wade paid the bill that evening — she abruptly ended the interview and walked off.
Her spokesman called back an hour later and asked a reporter not to publish anything Harris had said Wednesday night about the dinner.
On Thursday, Harris’ campaign released a two-paragraph statement that differed from her explanation a day earlier. It stated that Harris thought her “campaign would be reimbursing” her share of the meal but later found out that hadn’t happened.
To resolve any questions, the statement said, “I have donated to a local Florida charity $100 which will more than adequately compensate for the cost of my beverage and appetizer.”
Well, that takes care of it then. No harm, no foul. Everyone, vote for Katherine and keep the gravy train rolling in DC.